Chittagong Division

Coordinates: 22°55′N 91°30′E / 22.917°N 91.500°E / 22.917; 91.500
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Chittagong Division
চট্টগ্রাম বিভাগ
Chattogram Division
Coordinates: 22°55′N 91°30′E / 22.917°N 91.500°E / 22.917; 91.500
Country Bangladesh
Established1829
CapitalChittagong
Government
 • BodyGovernment of Bangladesh
 • Divisional CommissionerMd. Aminur Rahman, NDC[1]
 • Parliamentary constituencyJatiya Sangsad (58 seats)
Area
 • Total34,529.97 km2 (13,332.10 sq mi)
Population
 (2022)[2]
 • Total33,202,326
 • Density960/km2 (2,500/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+6 (BST)
ISO 3166 codeBD-B
Notable sport teamsChattogram Challengers, Chittagong Division, Chittagong Abahani
Websitewww.chittagongdiv.gov.bd

Chittagong Division, officially known as Chattogram Division, is geographically the largest of the eight administrative divisions of Bangladesh. It covers the south-easternmost areas of the country, with a total area of 34,529.97 km2 (13,332.10 sq mi) and a population at the 2022 census of 33,202,326. The administrative division includes mainland Chittagong District, neighbouring districts and the Chittagong Hill Tracts.

Chittagong Division is home to Cox's Bazar, the longest natural sea beach in the world;[3][4] as well as St. Martin's Island, Bangladesh's sole coral reef.

History[edit]

The Chittagong Division was established in 1829 to serve as an administrative headquarters for five of Bengal's easternmost districts, with the Chittagong District serving as its headquarters.[5] In East Pakistan, the division's Tippera district was renamed as Comilla District in 1960.[citation needed]

In 1984, fifteen districts were created by separating and reducing the original five districts of Chittagong, Comilla, Hill Tracts, Noakhali and Sylhet:[citation needed]

Sylhet, Habiganj, Moulvibazar and Sunamganj district ceded from the Chittagong Division to join a newly-established Sylhet Division in 1995.[citation needed]

Administration[edit]

Chittagong Division is presently subdivided into eleven districts (zilas) and thence into 100 sub-districts (upazilas).[6] The first six districts listed below comprise the north-western portion (37.6%) of the division, while the remaining five comprise the south-eastern portion (62.4%), the two portions being separated by the lower (or Bangladeshi) stretch of the Feni River; the upland districts of Khagrachhari, Rangamati and Bandarban together comprise that area previously known as the Chittagong Hill Tracts.

Districts[7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17]
Name Headquarters Area (km2) Population
1991 Census
Population
2001 Census
Population
2011 Census
Population
2022 Census[2]
Brahmanbaria District Brahmanbaria 1,881.20 2,141,745 2,398,254 2,840,498 3,306,559
Comilla District Comilla 3,146.30 4,032,666 4,595,539 5,387,288 6,212,216
Chandpur District Chandpur 1,645.32 2,032,449 2,271,229 2,416,018 2,635,748
Lakshmipur District Lakshmipur 1,440.39 1,312,337 1,489,901 1,729,188 1,938,111
Noakhali District Maijdee 3,685.87 2,217,134 2,577,244 3,108,083 3,625,252
Feni District Feni 990.36 1,096,745 1,240,384 1,437,371 1,648,896
Khagrachhari District Khagrachhari 2,749.16 342,488 525,664 613,917 714,119
Rangamati District Rangamati 6,116.11 401,388 508,182 595,979 647,587
Bandarban District Bandarban 4,479.01 230,569 298,120 388,335 481,109
Chittagong District Chittagong 5,282.92 5,296,127 6,612,140 7,616,352 9,169,464
Cox's Bazar District Cox's Bazar 2,491.85 1,419,260 1,773,709 2,289,990 2,823,265
Total Districts 11 34,529.97 20,552,908 24,290,384 28,423,019 33,202,326

Demographics[edit]

Religions in Chittagong Division[2]
Religion Percent
Muslims
90.11%
Hindus
6.61%
Buddhists
2.92%
Christians
0.22%
Others
0.14%

According to the 2022 Census of Bangladesh, Chittagong Division had 7,528,333 households and a population of 33,202,326, 33.7% of whom lived in urban areas. The population density was 979 people per km2. 90.11% were Muslims, 6.61% Hindus, 2.92% Buddhists, 0.22% Christians and 0.14% others.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Divisional Commissioners". Archived from the original on 2022-06-18. Retrieved 2022-06-20.
  2. ^ a b c d Population and Housing Census 2022: Preliminary Report. Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics. August 2022. pp. 6, 9, 12, 16, 21, 27. ISBN 978-984-35-2977-0. Archived from the original on 2023-01-14. Retrieved 2023-06-08.
  3. ^ Ethirajan, Anbarasan (26 December 2012). "Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar: A paradise being lost?". BBC World. Archived from the original on 14 June 2018. Retrieved 29 January 2015.
  4. ^ The g Europyxhdjd5xgsjx a World Year Book 2003. Taylor & Francis. 2003. p. 679. ISBN 978-1-85743-227-5.
  5. ^ Webster, John Edward (1911). "History: Divisional Commissioners". Eastern Bengal and Assam District Gazetteers. Vol. 4. Noakhali. Allahabad: The Pioneer Press. p. 26.
  6. ^ Ahmed Anam (2012). "Chittagong Division". In Sirajul Islam; Miah, Sajahan; Khanam, Mahfuza; Ahmed, Sabbir (eds.). Banglapedia: the National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Online ed.). Dhaka, Bangladesh: Banglapedia Trust, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. ISBN 984-32-0576-6. OCLC 52727562. OL 30677644M. Retrieved 21 February 2024.
  7. ^ "District Statistics 2011: Brahmanbaria" (PDF). Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 November 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  8. ^ "District Statistics 2011: Comilla" (PDF). Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 April 2015. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  9. ^ "District Statistics 2011: Chandpur" (PDF). Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 November 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  10. ^ "District Statistics 2011: Lakshmipur" (PDF). Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 November 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  11. ^ "District Statistics 2011: Noakhali" (PDF). Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 October 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  12. ^ "District Statistics 2011: Feni" (PDF). Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 November 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  13. ^ "District Statistics 2011: Khagrachhari" (PDF). Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 November 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  14. ^ "District Statistics 2011: Rangamati" (PDF). Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 November 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  15. ^ "District Statistics 2011: Bandarban" (PDF). Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 November 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  16. ^ "District Statistics 2011: Chittagong" (PDF). Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 November 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  17. ^ "District Statistics 2011: Cox's Bazar" (PDF). Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 November 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2014.

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